Telangana election result LIVE: KCR wins big; Cong-TDP alliance dismissed

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao display a victory sign after his party won the state Assembly elections, at Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad. Photo: PTI
Telangana Assembly Election result 2018 LIVE: K. Chandrashekhar Rao led his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to a resounding victory, crushing Congress-led alliance in India's youngest state, riding high on Telangana pride and welfare schemes. He will take oath as the Chief Minister of Telangana on Thursday. Beating all expectations of pre-poll surveys and exit polls, the TRS bagged 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly to retain the power with more than two-thirds majority. The gamble for early polls appeared to have paid rich dividends for the regional party, which received the massive mandate in the first general election in the four-year-old state. The Congress-led People's Front, which was expected to give a tough fight to TRS, managed only 21 seats.


TRS chief and Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao, who was re-elected from Gajwel constituency, termed the massive win as "people's victory". He said this was a positive vote for the work done by TRS for the welfare and development.

"This victory has added responsibility on us to fulfil the aspirations of people," he said and claimed that with all sections of people backing the TRS, the result had shown the way to the nation for a non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and non-Congress alternative. KCR's son K.T. Rama Rao and nephew Harish Rao also retained Sircilla and Siddipet constituencies. However, four of KCR's other cabinet colleagues were defeated as also Assembly Speaker S. Madhusudana Chary.

KCR dissolved the Assembly in September, eight months before its term was to end.  


Source: ECI
FM Arun Jaitley on allegations on EVMs: "We have been using EVMs from last 20 years and our Election Commission is a very professional body that they look into any issues that EVMs face. Moreover, EVMs were brought by Congress and not by us." 

FM Arun Jaitley on Assembly elections results: "The election issue really will be, do we need a tried and tested leadership and govt in place or we want some kind of an unstable non-ideological coalition which is bound to splinter away sooner than later."

FM Arun Jaitley on Assembly elections results: "Issues in state elections are entirely different, we won all these states in 2003 December and lost the general election in 2004. Therefore, these results don't reflect automatically. The 2019 elections will be around the performance of central govt and leadership of PM Modi."

FM Arun Jaitley on Assembly elections results: "I think result was certainly not as expected and it's an opportunity to pause and analyse, for results were not as per expected. In both Chhattisgarh and MP, we were in power for 15 years and we have done well. I don't think there was anti-incumbency, but fatigue factor does come in."

Final result status of Telangana: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) wins 88 seats, Congress wins 19 seats, AIMIM wins 7 seats, others 5 seats, reports ANI.

PM Modi on Assembly elections results: "The family of BJP Karyakartas worked day and night for the state elections. I salute them for their hardwork. Victory and defeat are an integral part of life. Today's results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India." 

PM Modi on Assembly elections results: "Congratulations to the Congress for their victories. Congratulations to KCR Garu for the thumping win in Telangana and to the Mizo National Front (MNF) for their impressive victory in Mizoram."

PM Modi on Assembly elections results: "We accept the people's mandate with humility. I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP Governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people."

Caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, his son K T Rama Rao, nephew T Harish Rao, ministers E Rajender, T Srinivas Yadav, T Padma Rao and Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi and BJP leader Raja Singh were among those who won from their constituencies.
Revanth Reddy, Jana Reddy, J Geetha Reddy and DK Aruna and TPCC President Uttam Kumar Reddys wife Padmavathi Reddy were among senior Congress leaders who were defeated. 
The BJP's Telangana president K Laxman and its senior leader G Kishan Reddy and NTRs grand-daughter Nandamuri Suhasini who contested on TDP ticket also lost the battle. 
Four ministers in the caretaker Telangana government and Speaker of the dissolved Assembly S Madhusudhan Chary were among those who lost from their constituencies Tuesday. The ministers were Tummala Nageswar Rao, Jupally Krishna Rao, P Mahender Reddy and Azmeera Chandulal. 
Telangana ECI trends:
  • Bharatiya Janata Party wins 1 seat
  • Congress wins 18 seats, leading in 1
  • All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen wins 6 seats, leading in 1
  • Telangana Rashtra Samithi wins 77 seats, leading in 11
Telangana Rashtra Samithi set to retain power in the state 
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Party Telangana Assembly Election Result: 119/119
  Won Leading
BJP 1  
Congress 18 1
TRS 72 16
Others 8 3

Rahul Gandhi said,"I feel sad for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He got a massive mandate in 2014 but was unsuccessful in changing the fate of India."
Congress President Rahul Gandhi: The ideology of SP, BSP and Congress is the same - different from that of BJP. There will not be a big issue of Chief Minister face. It will be done smoothly.
When PM Modi was elected, he was elected on three planks -- jobs, farmers and corruption. Now, the people think that Modi is himself corrupt. Before, people did not question his probity. Now, they do: Rahul Gandhi
We are going to provide these states a vision. We are going to provide these states a govt that they can be proud of: Rahul Gandhi
With a resurgent Congress party in these states, and in states where the BJP is in power, and with a united Opposition, it will become very difficult for PM Modi to win the 2019 general elections: Rahul Gandhi
I think there are serious question being asked about the future of our youngsters. The central question is how does our government intentd to give jobs to the millions of our youth. There is a feeling among the youth that the promise of jobs has not been met: Rahul Gandhi on whether poll results are a referendum on PM Modi's popularity.
I would have expected better results in Telangana, said Rahul Gandhi.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, "This is a victory of Congress workers, small traders, farmers. This is a big responsibility for Congress party and we will work on this."
Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM: I say this with all responsibility that K Chandrasekhar Rao has all capabilities and capacities to ensure that a non-Congress govt comes into existence when the next parliament election takes place and this country requires a non-Congress and a non-BJP government.
TRS President and Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao in Hyderabad said, "I will actively participate in national politics."

Party Telangana Assembly Election Result: 119/119
  Won Leading
BJP   1
Congress 2 17
TRS 7 77
Others   10

Telangana caretaker Minister KT Rama Rao meets Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) workers at party office in Hyderabad. TRS is leading on 79 seats as per official ECI trends.
Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu: TDP respects the mandate of people of Telangana. Congratulations to Shri K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Also, best wishes to all the newly elected public representatives of 5 states.

TRS bags 3 seats in Telangana election 2018. KCR heads to landslide victory.

Telangana caretaker minister and TRS candidate Talasani Srinivas Yadav wins from Sanath Nagar constituency by 30,217 votes.
Telangana caretaker minister and TRS candidate Talasani Srinivas Yadav wins from Sanath Nagar constituency by 30,217 votes.

A day before the Telangana Assembly poll results, the BJP on Monday hinted that the option of extending support to the TRS in case it falls short of numbers is not closed, even as it expressed readiness to sit in the opposition.
BJP national spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao noted that most of the exit polls point towards the TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samiti) retaining power in Telangana and they are likely to turn out to be right.
"The BJP will have nothing to do with the Congress or the MIM (led by Asaduddin Owaisi)," he told PTI, dropping hints that the BJP may not be averse to do business with the K Chandrasekhar Rao government to keep the Congress at bay.
"....BJP certainly wants a stable government and in case of a hung assembly we will see who seeks our support, our support will certainly be not available for the Congress or the MIM," Rao added.
Telangana result: 119/119
TRS: 86
BJP: 3
Congress: 20
Other: 10

AIMIM's Akbaruddin Owaisi wins Chandrayangutta seat with 80,212 votes.
TRS chief KCR wins with 51,515 votes
We need to introspect, says TDP

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) said the Congresss-led alliance, of which it is a part, needs to analyse and introspect on the grouping's "failure" in the Telangana Assembly elections.
"We have to analyse the factors that contributed to the success of TRS and failure of our alliance," said Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy, senior leader of TDP, led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
"We were expecting to get more number of seats. The results are not to our expectations," Reddy told PTI.......READ
Not possible to tamper with EVMs: K Kavitha on Congress charge
K. Kavitha, TRS MP and daughter of CM K Chandrasekhar Rao says the losing party always says the EVMs have been tampered with. She said this to news agency ANI while reacting to Congress charge.
Congress delegation submits a complaint to Telangana Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar raising suspicions that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have been manipulated in the state.
TRS leader on Telangana election results:
TRS party leader A P Jithender Reddy said, “This was expected because the people have accepted the (welfare) schemes (initiated by the government)...the infrastructure that has been built...24-hour power supply and timely pensions.”
Jithender Reddy is the party’s floor leader in the Lok Sabha. 
Telangana result: 119/119
TRS: 89
BJP: 2
Congress: 19
Other: 4
TRS legislature party meeting tomorrow. All TRS MLAs have been asked to come to Hyderabad tomorrow.
Telangana election results: TRS leading in 90 constituencies
The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) looks set to sweep the Telangana elections with its candidates leading in 90 constituencies, leaving People’s Front led by the Congress way behind.
Telangana election results: 
KCR to address media at 4pm
Telangana’s caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) will address media at 4 pm on state election results. He is leading by 9,212 votes over his nearest Congress rival Vanteru Pratap Reddy in Gajwel constituency after the fifth round of counting.
Meanwhile, celebrations continued outside TRS offices in Hyderabad as the party continues to surge ahead in counting trends. “This is a no is a one sided war...KCR garu will be CM again,” party cadre said.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Assembly Elections 2018: Nothing is yet clear from the trends. Congratulations to the MLA candidates and the political parties that are winning. But Mahagathbandhan has failed terribly in Telangana.
"I am having doubts on results we’re getting in Telangana ballot paper counting. We’re doubting that tampering could have been done in EVMs. Slips should be counted in VVPATs,” says Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee’s Uttam Kumar Reddy.
Official ECI trends: TRS leading on 90 seats, Congress leading on 16 seats, AIMIM on 5 seats, BJP leading on 1 seat, and others on 3 seats in Telangana.

Celebrations began at the Telangana Rashtra Samithi's (TRS) headquarters here on Tuesday as it became clear that the party was heading for a landslide victory in the Assembly elections.
Holding pictures of TRS President and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, party workers gathered at the Telangana Bhavan raising slogans of "Jai Telangana" and "KCR Zindabad".
Bulandshahr violence: Asaduddin Owaisi slammed UP CM Adityanath for campaiging in Telangana
AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath showed his callousness by campaigning in Telangana instead of consoling the family of the police officer shot dead by 'gau-rakshaks' in his state.
"This shows his callousness and complete disregard to what is happening in his state," said the Hyderabad MP.
TRS crosses halfway-mark in Telangana.
N Suhasini of TDP trails in Kukatappally
Nandamuri Suhasini, TDP candidate from Kukatappally, is trailing the TRS candidate. Suhasini is the niece of Andhra Pradesh CM N. Chandrababu Naidu and granddaughter of late NTR.
Telangana Congress’ working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka is trailing in Madhira seat after the first round of counting. T. Harish, KCR’s nephew and a minister in his cabinet, is leading in Siddhipet 26,098 in the fourth round.
TRS, AIMIM friendly parties since the beginning: K Kavitha
“TRS and AIMIM have been friendly parties from the beginning. We did not have any alliance but had friendly contest in AIMIM seats,” says TRS MLA K. Kavitha on friendly contest between TRS and AIMIM.
AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi wins from Chandrayan Gutta constituency.
Telangana result: 112/119
TRS: 85
BJP: 5
Congress: 18
Other: 4

Official EC trend: TRS leading in 12 seats

AIMIM's Akbaruddin Owaisi leads from Chandrayangutta Assembly Constituency
Going by the early trends on TV reports, TRS has crossed the majority mark as it leads in 72 of 119 seats.
According to Election Commission, TRS has polled over 81,000 votes till now. The party has a vote share of over 50%.

We believe people of Telangana are with us, says TRS' K Kavitha

TRS takes lead in early trends

Telangana result: 6/119
TRS: 4
BJP: 0
Congress: 2
Other: 0
Telangana result: 2/199
TRS: 1
BJP: 0
Congress: 1
Other: 0
Counting begins!
A day before the Telangana Assembly poll results, the BJP on Monday hinted that the option of extending support to the TRS in case it falls short of numbers is not closed, even as it expressed readiness to sit in the opposition.
BJP national spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao noted that most of the exit polls point towards the TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samiti) retaining power in Telangana and they are likely to turn out to be right.
Telangana Election Result 2018
AIMIM contested eight seats in the December 7 Assembly elections as against the seven in 2014 polls, and supported the TRS.
AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi Monday said TRS will form the next government in Telangana on its own strength and his party will stand by it and its chief K Chandrasekhar Rao. Owaisi said he will meet KCR (Rao) Monday afternoon adding this is "our first step towards a larger goal of nation building."
"I'll be meeting Telangana's caretaker & next CM of Telangana, KCR sahab @TelanganaCMO at 1:30 PM today. Inshallah he'll form government on his own strength, and Majlis will stand by him. This is our first step towards a larger goal of nation building," the Hyderabad MP tweeted....READ
The counting process will start with postal ballots and then EVMs.
Good morning! Voters have made their decision and today the whole nation will know who the Telangana voters have selected for the legislative assembly. We will give you LIVE updates on the counting and result of the recently conducted election. Stay with us as we give you minute-by-minute updates.

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